Advanced endoscopy fellowship training in the United States: recent trends in American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy advanced endoscopy fellowship match, trainee experience, and postfellowship employment

(ASGE Training Committee Chair)

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Abstract

Background and Aims: The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) advanced endoscopy fellowship (AEF) match offers a structured application process for AEF training in the United States. Our aim was to describe recent trends in AEF match, trainee experience, and postfellowship employment. Methods: ASGE AEF match data from 2012 to 2020 were reviewed. Online surveys were sent to advanced endoscopy trainees in 2019 and 2020 to explore their perceptions about AEF training and postfellowship jobs. Results: Data for 2020 showed 19% of matched applicants were women, 55% foreign medical graduates, and 17.5% U.S. visa holders. The number of AEF match applicants increased by 15.6% (90 in 2012 to 104 in 2020) and number of AEF programs increased by 23.5% (51 in 2012 to 63 in 2020). The average applicant match rate was 57% (range, 52.8%-60.6%) and position match rate 87.9% (range, 79.1%-94.6%). Ninety-one percent of trainees (n = 58) rated the quality of their training as very good/excellent; 75% of trainees participated in >300 ERCPs and 64.1% in >300 EUS cases. Seventy percent of trainees reported that advanced endoscopic procedures comprised ≤50% of their procedure volume in their first job, and 71.9% believed it was not easy to find a job after fellowship; however, 97% believed they would make the same decision to pursue AEF training again. Conclusions: There has been a steady increase in the number of advanced endoscopy applicants and training positions over recent years. Most graduating fellows reported 50% or less of their upcoming clinical practice would involve advanced endoscopic procedures. Future studies are needed to further clarify employment opportunities and personnel needs for advanced endoscopists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1207-1214.e2
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Volume93
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology

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